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Lead surgeon: United States congressman Scalise showing improvement after being shot

19 June 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement" four days after being shot in the hip by a gunman in Alexandria, Virginia, doctors said Saturday.

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Matt Mika, a lobbyist who was shot in the chest, also underwent additional surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement Saturday.

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip early on Wednesday at a baseball field in a suburb of Washington.

Doctors say Scalise came to the hospital at "imminent risk of death", but Sava now says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

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His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents.

Hodgkinson was shot by Capitol Police on the scene after allegedly opening fire and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and three others.

Sava said he was surprised by initial media reports that said Scalise was in stable condition.

At Friday's hospital news conference, Scalise's chief of staff Brett Horton read a statement from Jennifer Scalise, the congressman's wife.

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits". The source did not disclose the names that were on the list.

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Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

"Trump also adds, as he's said previously, that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday".

The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries.

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Lead surgeon: United States congressman Scalise showing improvement after being shot